DOWNPOUR distracted and forced the TANAPA Lugalo Golf Open championship that was due to tee off yesterday to be postponed to next month. Organised by Tanzania People’s Defence Forces (TPDF), Lugalo Golf Club of Dar es Salaam, the annual prestigious championship was expected to tee off yesterday with professional golfers and caddies battling it out, before main event proceed today and tomorrow.
Lugalo club Captain Japhet Masai issued the notice in Dar es Salaam yesterday, saying that the event will now be held on June 1st and 2nd this year. Last year and in 2014, the event was forced to postponement due to the same reasons. Masai said: “On behalf of the Club’s Committee, I want to inform all golfers that Lugalo Open will not be held this weekend as earlier planned. It has been pushed forward for further two weeks due to ongoing rain season.”
He said that the heavy rain means that the golf course is not in good state to host golfers. “I want to apologise to all golfers for any inconvenience caused by the postponement, especially for those who travel from outside Dar es Salaam,” said Masai, saying that they hope by early June the weather will be friendly and the course will be in good shape to host golfers.
Over 100 lady and men golfers from different local clubs have already registered for the 36-hole tournament. Invited local professional golfers were to colour the event and battle for yesterday’s 18 holes top honours and cash prizes. Mid this week, Lugalo Chairman Michael Luwongo announced that for the second consecutive year, the tournament which is bankrolled by Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) will be staged this weekend.
The event’s defending champion is youthful Godfrey Gwacha from Lugalo Club, who won the title after grossing 149 (76, 73) to beat other top contenders.